Rolls-Royce opens up
YOU KNOW the famous question: How much horsepower has a Rolls-Royce? Until now the answer from the factory has been: Enough! With the introduction of the Silver Seraph, Rolls-Royce has dropped its secretiveness concerning the technical details. The engine is rated at 322hp, with a maximum torque of 490Nm at 3900rpm. Top speed is limited to 225kph; 0-100kph acceleration is 7.0 seconds. And the Silver Seraph has a combined fuel economy (did Rolls ever use these words before?) of 17.4 liters/100km.
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More moose stories
A German autoclub driver rolled over a Volkswagen Golf with his three passengers in front of 70 Opel dealers in February. Opel said it was an unintended accident. VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech and Opel spokesmen sniped at each other over the incident. The driver, Frank Baumann, is the head of the German auto club's safety training center.
Swedish television and moose magazine Teknikens Varld thought it would be a good idea to try a new Mercedes A-class in the moose test with all the chassis electronics removed: no electronic stability program, no antilock brakes. The car slid but didn't roll. Said Daimler's Wolfgang Inhester: 'It is a compliment to the A-class that the car didn't turn over with all those manipulations.'
UAW seeks German help
UNION WORKERS in the USA are counting on help from Germany as they try to unionize the Daimler-Benz and BMW assembly plants in the southern USA. 'I don't think it will be as tough as it was with the Japanese plants,' said UAW President Steve Yokich, because German workers on the automakers' boards will prevent active opposition to organizers. Yokich has abandoned efforts to organize the Japanese plants in the traditionally non-union southern states.